ERIC Number: EJ885560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Reference Count: 59
A Response to "The Linguistic Isolation of Hispanic Students in California's Public Schools"
Jimenez, Robert T.
Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, v105 n2 p155-172 Oct 2006
This chapter presents the author's response to Bernard Gifford and Guadalupe Valdes's article "The Linguistic Isolation of Hispanic Students in California's Public Schools: The Challenge of Reintegration." In their article, Gifford and Valdes consult the historical record concerning English-speaking Anglo contact with Spanish-speaking "Californios" in 19th-century North America and provide statistical evidence of the resegregation currently being experienced by Latino students. They describe how, shortly after the Mexican government ceded California to the United States in 1848, an ideology of racial, cultural, and linguistic superiority led to the enactment of English-only legislative and educational policy, as well as a segregated system of schooling. Gifford and Valdes identify the fears of white parents who worry about the effects Latino children would have on their own children's educational progress. The author believes that these fears motivated the establishment of a segregated school system in an earlier era, and as Gifford and Valdes suggest, it may also contribute to the intense and sustained linguistic isolation that is a result of today's racial and ethnic segregation.
Descriptors: Public Schools, Racial Segregation, Educational Policy, Hispanic American Students, Language of Instruction, Bilingualism, English (Second Language), Limited English Speaking, Spanish Speaking, Court Litigation, Immigrants, Racial Bias, Economic Factors
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Identifiers - Location: California; North America; United States